Date published: Friday 25th October 2019 10:31
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers picked out midfielder Harvey Barnes for particular praise following his side’s record-breaking victory against Southampton on Friday evening.
The Foxes hit nine at St Mary’s to beat Manchester United’s record for the most significant-ever away win in the Premier League with Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez each scoring hat-tricks.
England Below-21 international Barnes grabbed an help on the evening and was brilliant all round, but speaking to Sky Sports immediately after the game, Rodgers insisted that the ideal is but to come from the midfielder.
“He requires time,” the manager insisted. “He’s such a great kid, he’s not naturally arrogant so he’s coming to the level now in this final seven or eight months.
“I feel as soon as he has that genuine belief and character – simply because that is developing all the time – then he’s going to be a huge, huge player for Leicester and for England I feel.
“One of the passes he created tonight was wonderful, he came inside and he’s beginning to, not just go one particular-on-one particular, but also discover the pass for one particular of Ayoze’s ambitions.”
Southampton had Ryan Bertrand sent off immediately after 12 minutes and Rodgers stated he was delighted with his how his side responded to obtaining the numerical benefit.
“They can be hard games, playing against 10 guys and that is twice now we’ve dealt truly effectively with it in terms of the intensity in our pressing and clearly circulating the ball at the speed that we did.
“I’m quite proud of the group and it is a mentality that we’ve been attempting to impose every single day to preserve going and preserve pushing, so to finish with nine was a outstanding work away from residence.”
Leciester now turn their attentions to the EFL Cup as they play Burton Albion away from residence on Tuesday.